Crumple Art – a Quick and Easy Art Lesson

All the kids that I teach LOVE to doodle. They doodle all over their workbooks, their desks, and even themselves!  I also loved doodling in school, and I found it easier to focus while doodling. That’s why this Crumple Art lesson is so versatile!  It’s an activity that can either be for one easy, pre-planned lesson, or it could be an activity for quick finishers.

It’s very simple, and only requires:

  • plain white paper (any size works, but the example is an 8.5 x 11)
  • a good black marker (preferably a sharpie)
  • some other brightly-coloured markers

1. Crumple the white paper as small as you’d like it. For younger kids, don’t do too much crumpling, or there will be too much colouring to do. Older kids would enjoy the challenge of smaller sections, so they can crumple it into a pretty small ball.

2. Using the sharpie, trace over all the wrinkles from the crumpling. This may take a while.

3. Colour in all the shapes with bright markers. You can choose a theme (ie. warm or cool colours) or just whatever works. It’s a very therapeutic process, and is great for calming and focussing (even for adults!!)

Mount the finished product on black construction paper, and admire the amazing abstract art that is produced!

Crumple Art

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Marya R

I live in Bowmanville, and am a mom to four young boys - it can get a little loud in my house. I am a Christian, a part-time French teacher, a piano teacher and former homeschooler. I love finding the best deals, which will come in handy when our boys become hungry teenagers! We just moved to a house with more outdoor space, and I'm still getting used to life in the country (a walk around the block is a lot longer here!).

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  1. Oh I love this! I used to doodle alllll the time in school. I still do a bit at work as well to be honest, haha. This is great!

  2. I did something like that back in elementary school. What a fun idea.

  3. This would be a great activity to do with my nieces & nephews.

  4. This is such a fun idea! I think my tot would love it!

  5. This looks like a lot of fun! My kids and I could definitely enjoy doing this activity together. Thanks!

  6. This is so much fun! What a great idea, my daughter will definitely love this!

  7. My daughter loves to color and draws. I will share this to her. What a fun idea to do with our kids.

  8. What a great idea! I’m gonna do this with my girls this weekend.

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